UNCW Stopped In Overtime, 2-1, By Dukes
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Nick Njuki's blast from 24 yards out sailed into the upper left corner with 2:06 remaining in the second overtime to lift James Madison to a 2-1 win over host UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association men's soccer action on Wednesday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Dukes raised their record to 5-5-2 overall and remained towards the top of the CAA standings with a 3-1-1 mark. UNCW, meanwhile, saw its record dip to 5-7-1 and 2-3-0.
On the winning goal, Njuki picked up a loose ball that was miss-cleared by the Seahawk defense. He took a touch to his left and fired off a shot that tucked itself just under the crossbar.
JMU got on the board first in the 35th minute on Eric Schmidt's first goal of the season. Markus Bjorkheim forced a turnover and broke towards the end line. He sent a cross to the right side where Schmidt headed his shot inside the near post.
Jamie Dell notched his team-leading fourth goal of the season to draw the Seahawks even with 57 seconds remaining in the first half. Dell broke down the right flank and cut back twice on JMU defenders before firing a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out.
Both teams had opportunities towards the end of regulation and the first overtime. UNCW's Thomas Driver found himself unmarked six yards out and fired a shot in the 88th minute, but his shot was blocked on the goal line by Dale Robins-Bailey to keep the score tied.
The Seahawks again nearly ended the contest two minutes into the second overtime, but freshman Nathaniel Goodwin's volley from close range sailed over the cross bar.
JMU keeper Kyle Morton faced 20 shots and made nine saves. Seahawk goalkeeper Brad Newman finished with three saves, including a stop in the 78th minute on a header by Josh Grant.
The Seahawks continue their homestand on Saturday when they host nationally-ranked Old Dominion at 7 p.m.